Exercise science is a theory-based, research-led discipline that aims to understand and promote well-being by applying solutions to health problems related to physical inactivity. Specialized areas of study include anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning and development, and exercise testing and prescription. Exercise Science majors pursue careers in physical/occupational therapy, medicine, athletic training, dentistry, and strength-conditioning coaching.


 

 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:

 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16

 

 

Introductory courses recommended by faculty. Include at least one of these in your schedule:

Students with a Precalculus or Calculus math placement AND Expository Writing English placement

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes
General Biology 01:119:115 4 Biological Sciences (119)
General Chemistry 01:160:161 4 Chemistry (160)
Calculus-Based Math   4 Mathematics (640)
Principles of a Healthy Lifestyle 01:377:205 1.5 Exercise Science (377)
Foundations of Kinesiology & Health 01:377:140 1.5 Exercise Science (377)

 Students without a Precalculus or Calculus math placement AND Expository Writing English placement

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes
Prep for General Biology 01:119:199 4 Biological Sciences (119)
Calculus-Based Math   4 Mathematics (640)
Foundations of Kinesiology & Health 01:377:140 1.5 Exercise Science (377)
Principles of a Healthy Lifestyle 01:377:205 1.5 Exercise Science (377)

 

Your first year of college is an opportunity for you to explore fields of interest to enhance your understanding of yourself, the world around you, and your main academic and career goals. Think of your schedule as including courses you must take (English, courses to explore potential majors, etc.) and courses you can take (everything else!) All courses are part of your degree - if necessary, review the components of the SAS degree on this page.

Through these degree components, you will curate your own unique educational experience - but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below can help you identify related courses to consider in your first semester.

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes

General Psychology 01:830:101 3 Psychology (830)

 

The Schedule of Classes provides information about the courses being offered in a particular semester. There are literally thousands of courses offered each semester at Rutgers, and you may find it helpful to narrow down your options by looking for courses in subjects related to your potential major or minor. Use the recommendations below to find possible introductory courses in other subjects. 

To find potential courses in other subjects related to this one:

1. On the Schedule of Classes, select the current term, location "New Brunswick" and level "undergraduate". Click continue.

2. In the Search By box, click the "search multple subjects" link. Select the following departments:

Biological Sciences (119)

Psychology (830)

Sport Management (955)

3. In Section Status, deselect Closed

4. In Level of Study, deselect 300 and 400. In general, 100 and 200 are appropriate for first-year students, 300 and 400 are often more appropriate for students with more familiarity with the subject. If you are interested in registering for a 300 or 400 level course, consult with an advisor before registering. 

Review these courses for possible inclusion in your first-semester schedule, or to consider for future semesters.

 

Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

Our department has a required internship program for graduation. We require 3 credits of internship for Exercise Science majors. We offer several experiential learning and field work courses in strength and conditioning, athletic training, safety education and emergency care, movement for individuals with disabilities, and physical therapy. Our faculty direct several research labs that students can participate in through our Independent Study courses and departmental Honors Program. Research ranges from basic physiology using animal models to randomized controlled trials in humans and is focused on optimizing health. We also have Course Assistant positions for Functional Human Anatomy Lab

 

To qualify for the Departmental Honors Research Program, a student must have attained, by the end of the first term of their junior year, a cumulative overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 and a grade-point average of at least 3.40 in courses within the major. The program involves 1 research methods course and 2 semesters of research.

Exercise Science majors pursue physical/occupational therapy, medicine, athletic training, dentistry, and strength & conditioning coaching.